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NMIMS | SAS® – Business Analytics & Data Mining Championship 2017

The Data Analytics and Mining Championship will attracts participation from across India to anyone and everyone. The participants are divided in two sections

  1. Graduates
  2. Post Graduates

Based on the education Qualification, particpants can apply to either Categories.
Although, particpants can compete individually, we recommend taking part in groups of Maximum 3 persons
Groups can be formed after you register individually for the event. You can form your own Group or join an existing Group

Meet our Keynote speaker for the Inaugural of Round – 2

Noshin Kagalwalla

Noshin Kagalwalla

Managing Director, SAS Institute (India) Pvt. Ltd.

Noshin Kagalwalla is the Managing Director of SAS Institute (India) Pvt. Ltd, the Indian subsidiary of SAS Institute Inc – a leader in business analytics and business intelligence software solutions. He is responsible for architecting the long term vision, driving sales and customer strategies and maintaining SAS’ leadership position in the Big Data Analytics and Business Intelligence market in India.

Noshin joined SAS in December 2004 as part of the executive leadership team and took on the responsibility of Managing Director in October 2013. Over this period, he has significantly contributed to SAS India’s growth and established SAS as a strong brand synonymous with Analytics, commanding over 50% of market share in the advanced analytics market in India.

Mr. Noshin Kagalwalla is an MBA from UCLA, an M.S. in Computer Engineering from Wright State University and Bachelors in Engineering from V.J.T.I., Mumbai. He is a veteran in the Analytics industry and has over 22 years of experience across business functions. Prior to SAS, Noshin held executive positions in multinationals such as Microsoft and TCS.

Panelist for Discussion on Data Science

Dr. Vikas Mehra

Dr. Vikas Mehra

Analytics Professional at Tata Motors Ltd

Manish Desai

Manish Desai

Regional Director - SAS

Abhishek Yadav

Abhishek Yadav

Data Scientist /Advisory Services –Banking, Risk Management & Analytics Edgeverve (Infosys)

Details of Championship

Date: 1st Oct, 2017 – Online Assessment

  1. Online Assessment for all Participants (each member of the group will have to take the assessment)
  2. Questions on Assessments will be based on “Aptitude, Base SAS®, Data Science Awareness & Statistical Knowledge
  3. Free E-Learning will be provided to each participant on all SAS® Subjects in the assessment
  4. Participants will be provided with Verified SAS® Badges (Participant Badge)
  5. To Practice, students can download SAS® software – University Edition
  6. Top 30 team will proceed to Round – 2

Date: 12th & 13th Oct, 2017 at NMIMS Mumbai Campus

  1. Participants will have to visit NMIMS Mumbai Campus for Round 2 & 3
  2. On Day-1, participants will be provided a mentor and Problem Statement will be given to them.
  3. They will be provided NMIMS Lab equipped with SAS Software to solve the problem Statement (Internet Access will be provided)
  4. Participants will be given 24 hours to solve the problem statement
  5. Participants should submit all the observations to respective Jury at the end of round 2
  6. Jury will provide marks to each group after submission. Top 10 teams will proceed to Round 3

Date: 14th Oct, 2017 at NMIMS Mumbai Campus

  1. Participants will be asked to give 10-15 minutes Presentation on their findings to the Jury memebers
  2. Jury members will rate the participants and will select Top 3 Winners
  3. Prizes will be distributed on Last day of the event
  4. Job Fair will be available on last day of the event

Get Free Access to SAS® Software & E-Learning.

7 Days Access to SAS® - Data Science

1st Runner Up


Cash Prize INR 1,50,000/-

Verified Winning Badge by SAS®


Cash Prize of INR 2,00,000/-

Sponsorship to travel to US to participate in Global DAC forum

Verified Winning Badge by SAS®

2nd Runner Up


Cash Prize INR 1,00,000/-

Verified Winning Badge by SAS®


Samples Assessment questions with Options

Which can be described as a common goal of statistical modelling ?
a) Inference
b) Summarization
c) Forecasts
d) Predictions

As a CAO , you want to pick a data scientist for your organization. Five candidates have equally strong technical skills and statistical know-how , which additional trait you would prefer:
a) Research experience
b) Scientific Approach
c) Domain expertise
d) Communication and Organization skills

Which of the following may involve lots of graphs and pictures?
a) Descriptive Analytics
b) Inferential Analytics
c) Predictive Analytics
d) Prescriptive Analytics

What is the second argument in SAS® substr function ?
a) Position
b) String
c) Length
d) Separator

What is the probability of selecting a prime number from 1,2,3,… 10 ?
a) 2/5
b) 1/5
c) 3/5
d) 1/7

A bank collects data for its online visitors and their online viewing patterns on web site. Which technique might be appropriate for analysis of such data ?
a) Cluster Analysis
b) Factor Analysis
c) Association Rules
d) Regression Analysis

Distribution of Questions in Online Assessment

Aptitude – 30 questions
Base SAS – 10 questions
Data Science Awareness – 10 questions
Statistical Knowledge – 10 questions

What is the duration of Assessment and number of questions?

The test shall be of 45 mins with 60 questions

What kind of questions should be expected on Assessment

Questions of Assessment will be based on

  • Aptitude
  • Base SAS®
  • Data Science Awareness
  • Statistical Knowledge

Should the team be from same College / Institute?

NO, there is no restrictions in formation of Group, however members of the Group should be from Same “Category”

Can I participate individually

YES, you can participate. However we encourage you to form a group as Stage 2 will require Group participation to solve the problem statement

Where will be the Assessment held

Assessment will be held Online. You will need a computer / Laptop with

  • Updated Web Browser (Google Chrome Preferred)
  • Internet Connection

Will Assessment be individual or group?

It will be an individual Assessment i.e. each member of the group has to give the Assessment.

What is the Internet bandwidth required for Online Assessment?

2 MBPS + should be sufficient

How can I check if my system has all necessary software’s for Online Assessment?

You need an Updated Web Browser (Chrome Preferred)

How will I know if I have cleared the Assessment?

After 2 days of Assessment, you will receive an Email / Notification in which we will inform your assessment score and Eligibility for Stage – 2

What time should we reach NMIMS Campus

You are expected to reach the Campus by 11:00 am on 12th Oct’17

What will be provided for the Championship

You will be provided with
a. Internet Connection
b. Computer (NMIMS LAB)
c. SAS Software
d. Sleeping Bags
e. Food & Refreshements
f. Accomodation

What is the nearest Railway Station to reach NMIMS

Ville Parle

What should I do once I reach the Campus

Registration desk will be available at the “Atrium” for Signup’s. Further instructions will be provided from the desk

What is the time duration for the Stage - 2

The time duration to Solve the problem is 24 hours!

When will you declare results of Stage - 2

Results will be declared on 14th Oct Morning

What is the method of Evaluation

The Evaluation process will be shared at the day of event by respective Authority

Will I be eligible for Job Fair

Yes, all the participants of Stage – 2 & Stage – 3 will be eligible for Job Fair. It is preferred that you carry 10-15 copies of your Resume before arriving the Campus

What is the duration of Presentation

Each group will be given 10-15 minutes for presentation

What should be the content of presentation

The presentation should contain their Problem Solving approach, method & codes… Kindly save all Log files and entire process. The more efficiently you are able to present you findings, the greater your chance to win the Championship

What happens after the presentation is completed

After all the Groups has given the presentation, jury members will declare the winner immediately and prize ceremony will be held

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Job Fair on Final Day of Championship. More than 20 Companies visit to hire Data Science Experts

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